Practicing Exile

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Overview

As a post-Holocaust Jewish thinker, Marc Ellis inhabits the land between homes that we call exile. In this intensely personal work he explores how the religious landscape looks from the perspective of an exile-and how religious searching continually leads away from the domestic comforts of received Jewish and Christian platitudes and into new struggles for religious authenticity.

At once a memoir and an examination of conscience, Ellis's autobiographical starting points spark reflections on Jewish-Christian relations, liberation theology, religion and politics, and issues of justice in Israel and Palestine. His experiences also occasion meditations on solitude and solidarity, gratitude and alienation, memory and responsibility. They exemplify how religiously committed persons, though exiled forever from yesterday's certitudes, can yet practice covenantal fidelity.

In the end, for Ellis and for the reader, there is no going back. Exile is not simply a fact; it is a religious imperative. "At stake is the integrity of the religious search as a truly ecumenical adventure."

About the Author:
Marc H. Ellis is University Professor of American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. A pioneer of Jewish liberation theology, he has written recently O, Jerusalem! The Contested Future of the Jewish Covenant (1999) and Unholy Alliance: Religion and Atrocity in Our Time (1997), both from Fortress Press.

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What People Are Saying

Noam Chomsky
"Marc Ellis has demonstrated great courage, integrity, and insight in the very important work he has been doing for years. It has been an inspiration for all of us."
—Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rosemary Radford Ruether
"Marc Ellis is emerging as perhaps the most important contemporary Jewish theologian."
—Rosemary Radford Ruether, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800634438
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/3/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 In the Beginning 5
2 Dream Gathering in Jerusalem 20
3 Practicing Exile 29
4 Lamentation 41
5 Memory and the Exile of God 55
6 Auschwitz at the End of Jewish History 66
7 Martyrdom 87
8 Diaspora in the Holy Land 102
9 A Public Confession 117
10 God of Life 136
Epilogue 154
Books Quoted 169
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